A toothache can often be more than just painful. It’s annoying, and it lasts forever, unless you master the courage and the funds to go see a dentist. It’s a common misconception to assume that a toothache means that a person has poor dental hygiene.
Sometimes, a toothache doesn’t happen because of a cavity. If you have a toothache that’s unrelated to a cavity, there are many natural remedies that can be used to alleviate the pain and, in some cases, make it go away permanently. Some common causes for a toothache according to Colgate.com include tooth sensitivity, sinus infections, repetitive motions like grinding your teeth and chewing gums, and a chipped tooth.
One of the most popular ways to relieve pain is by using cloves. This spice contains eugenol, which is a powerful anesthetic and antiseptic that not only stops the pain, it can also eliminate the germs that might be causing it. Eugenol is a popular substance among dentists, and it’s still used by professionals in a purified form. Not only are cloves great for pain relief, they can also help you clean your mouth and eliminate bad breath.
You can use cloves in three different ways as pain relief: whole, ground, or as a clove oil compress. If you only have whole cloves, here’s what you do: rinse your mouth with saltwater, then place three small clover heads close to the tooth that hurts. Let them sit there until they soften from your saliva, chew them and remove them when you start to taste the bitterness of the spice.
In case your tooth hurts too much to chew, here’s how you use powdered cloves for your toothache. First, grab a pinch of powdered cloves and apply it between the affected tooth and the gum. Then wait until the powder mixes with your saliva, and let it sit for a few minutes until you start to feel a tingling sensation, then numbness. Spit it out and rinse your mouth with water once you’re done.
And finally, the best method for relieving a toothache, is to use a clove oil compress. Because it’s such a common and popular remedy for tooth pain, clove oil can be found in its essential form in stores and pharmacies. All you need is the clove oil, cotton balls and half a teaspoon of coconut oil (or olive oil).
Mix half a teaspoon of the coconut oil with 2 drops of the essential clove oil. Soak the cotton ball in the mixture, then press it against the place in your mouth where it hurts. As you do this, make sure you don’t swallow, and give the compress enough time to act (it should numb the area within a few minutes). If none of these techniques work, you should definitely see your dentist so he can tell you what the source of the pain is, and give you more permanent solution to cure it.